“You are the Lord, you alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and you preserve all of them; and the host of heaven worships you.
I love all the seasons, but especially the warmer ones. I am looking forward to spending lots of time outside. As you experience the beauty of God’s creation during this season, please remember to share with your children that it IS God’s creation. Lead them to praise Him. Make up songs about it. Here’s one suggestion:
Hopefully you will get to take a family trip this summer, maybe to the beach to get sand between your toes. To The Sea by Callie Grant is a book about a day at the beach that young children will enjoy. The pictures by Jeremy Tugeau make you almost able to smell the sea air. (The author’s mission is to encourage and equip parents to effectively teach their kids about God and His creation, even at a very young age.) (Check out some of her other books on this site here.) In the book the sand castle is washed away by the sea, but the boy builds one on a rock and it stands safe. Play in the sand and tell this parable from Matthew 7:24-29.
Even if you can’t get away this summer, take advantage of every opportunity around you to enjoy God’s beautiful world with your children. Jesus used visuals from nature as he taught.
Read Matthew 6:25-33 and be ready to share His teachings the next time you are outside observing birds or looking at flowers.
Hike, explore, play in the sand. Start collecting things from nature – moss, feathers, shells, rocks, leaves, seeds, an abandoned bird’s nest or wasp nest. Make a nature box full of items you can enjoy all year. And don’t forget to point out that all God’s creation praise Him!
All your works praise you, LORD; your faithful people extol you.
Side Note: Deuteronomy 6:6-7 says to speak of God and His word as we go. Everything doesn’t have to be related to a Bible verse, but as you discover things on your nature walk you could say, “Think of the wonders of God” (Job 37:14) or “all God’s works praise Him” (Psalm 145:10)